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Rural landscape competition

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On February 15th Carol White-Griffiths LRPS, of Dartford & District Photographic Society, judged the John Wigmore Rural Landscape Trophy Competition. This is a popular competition, accessible to all  – landscapes are all around us whether we holiday abroad or stay at home – and we had 84 entries overall, 45 PDIs and 39 prints. Our photographers had captured some beautiful scenes, rising early for the morning light and staying late even though storms threatened, or perhaps because storms threatened, as moody cloud formations dominated many of the images. There was a mixture of traditional landscapes, skyscapes and seascapes, colour and mono, sunrise and sunset, and misty valleys and hills. An impressive collection, as always by APS photographers, and Carol had a difficult time choosing her winners. Many exciting and dramatic images had to be passed over to leave just three in each division, and then that difficult choice between the winning PDI and the win…

Diamond Jubilee Trophy results

The KCPA Jubilee Trophy for projected images was held at Ditton Community Centre on Saturday 23rd February, judged by Ken Scott ARPS.

Having won this competition the last three years and confident with our image selection, we were disappointed to have been placed joint 5th, behind the Maidstone Camera Club.

Our individual scores were:

Alien Landscape by Sue Chapman - 15
Cranes and Trains by Anthony Baines - 20 and Merit Award
Half Measures by Di Long - 15
Haystacks and Mist by George Pearson - 17
Inseparable by Zuzanna Valla - 17
Oxpecker About To Land by Bob Devine - 17
Pelican by Stephen Cheek - 18
The Tate Modern? by Anthony Baines - 15

Thank you to everyone that submitted images for selection and congratulation to Anthony for his Merit Award.





Talk by Anthony Baines

Report by Marjorie Burge Fascinating evening at APS on February 8th when Anthony Baines ARPS CPAGB, an APS member, gave his talk on People Places and Planes. Anthony’s ‘inspiration’ comes from the early masters of black and white photography, and everything he does has grown out of studying their techniques and following in their footsteps. While Anthony takes his photography seriously, his approach is definitely one of enjoyment and among his tips on street photography was  ‘find a frame and lurk’ and ‘look for visual echoes’ - successful for him, as we saw from his street photography taken while out and about on the London streets with Phil, Martin and Dave Mason, all looking for that special accidental unposed moment. 


Then there were Anthony’s planes, ‘a few aircraft’ as he modestly called them - beautiful images, and all explained in detail. 


He makes it all look so easy but his background knowledge plays a big part in his success. Tim Piles’ workshop was on fine art nudes, wit…

3rd Print

Report by Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 1st February we were delighted to welcome Clive Tanner FRPS DPAGB of Maidstone Camera Club, a KCPA premier Judge, Chairman of the KCPA Judges Panel, an ex-President of the KCPA and ex-council member of the RPS, making him excellently qualified to judge our 3rd Print Competition. Clive is a good friend of APS and was well prepared for the 77 quality prints laid out for his inspection. Clive is very honest in his criticism, viewing the image as a whole before commenting, and even with images not to his liking, finding something to praise. Not a lot to be altered, but, as always, darkening down those bright spots, and very hot on halos and careless framing. He was often looking for some extra input from the photographer to bring an image alive – would like to see more mermaids - and was quick to praise original ideas. He held back a quantity of images before choosing his winners, giving hope, encouragement and suspense to his audience. We thanked our j…